George Lucas gave the opening keynote speech at SIGGRAPH 2005 in LA yesterday, and CinemaTech took notes. Interestingly, Lucas claims his overall mission stems from an idea he picked up from Akira Kurosawa: "The secret of this whole thing is immaculate reality." Lucas said, "Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality." To that end, he insists that the digital way is the only way, and that "people will look back at film, and say, `That is so 19th century.'" And as always, he's got a barb or two for his good buddy Steven Spielberg: "I won't say Luddite, but he was a little slow to accept the new world." If there was a take-away to the talk, it would probably be this: "I know that it's going to happen - but how long is it going to drag on before we get to the digital world?"
creepy soulless futurist visionary.